The 2 vital signatures you need from your graduate.

Remember your college years? The highlights, triumphs and life lessons – as well as the pranks, close calls, and times you needed rescue? College is for learning – and learning how to be an adult. The difference between your generation and your high school graduate’s is that the age of in loco parentis – where your school took the place of your parents – is over.

Today, schools “are not responsible for monitoring and controlling all aspects of their students’ lives,” per a landmark court case that ended this May, filed by parents who had not been informed their child was depressed and suicidal because MIT could not legally contact them. The absence of a single signature tied the school’s hands. Officials nationwide are constrained by FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) in reaching out to parents.

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